Statutes Amendment (Rights of Foster Parents and Guardians) Bill FINNS LAW

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 10:32 ): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

I rise to speak with regard to the Statutes Amendment (Rights of Foster Parents and Guardians) Bill 2014, or Finn's law. My first contact with Monica Perrett—and I note that Monica and Nathan Perrett are here today—was when I learnt that she had won the Barnardos Mother of the Year award. I was extremely delighted to learn that Mrs Perrett, a well-deserved mother in the electorate of Hammond, had received such a prestigious award. Monica's award symbolises the efforts of a caring and nurturing mother, of not only her own biological children but also those she has chosen to foster, which includes little Finn, now deceased, and her granddaughter, currently.

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Regional Impact Assesment Statements

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 11:36 :10 ): I rise to support the motion by the member for Goyder:

That this house—

(a)supports the referral to the Economic and Finance Committee of all regional impact
assessment statements, with the ability to call witnesses, and

(b)urges the Minister for Regional Development to ensure the state government—

(i)guarantees full compliance by all state government departments, agencies and statutory
authorities of the regional impact assessment statement policy and process to ensure the
government undertakes effective consultation with regional communities before decisions
which impact community services and standards are implemented; and

(ii)makes public the results of all regional impact assessment statements undertaken prior
to any change to a service or services in regional South Australia.

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Fire and Emergency Services

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 15:31 :07 ): I rise today to speak out about the proposed reforms to our emergency services sector and the government's response in regards to the Holloway Review of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005. I note the very reliable information given to me that the Minister for Emergency Services sent a letter dated 27 July 2014 to volunteer associations, allowing any feedback on the proposed steering committee as to the next stage of the reform process, with comments to be received no later than 5pm on Sunday 3 August 2014.

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Supply Bill 2014 Supply Grievance

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 20:31 :14 ): I rise to make comments regarding the Supply Bill response grievance debate and talk about some of the local issues affecting my electorate and surrounding areas. I share some of the concerns of the member for Finniss regarding crime on the Fleurieu Peninsula as we obviously share the area. It was a disgraceful thing to see today that two police were injured by a letter sent to the Victor Harbor station. 

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Budget Measures Bill 2014

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 15:47 :46 ): I rise to speak to the Budget Measures Bill 2014, and I indicate to the Deputy Speaker that I am definitely not the lead speaker on this bill.

The Hon. S.W. Key interjecting:

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Country Roads

Adrian Pederick MP Member for Hammond House of Assembly 3rd July 2014 Country Roads Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) (12:20 :55): I move: That this house—

(a)opposes mandatory maximum speed limit reductions on country roads when there is no safety-based evidence to support the change, and

(b)calls on the state government to—

(i ) make public its review into maximum speed limits on regional roads in South Australia;

(ii) undertake a comprehensive safety audit of all country roads where the speed limit has been reduced from 110 km/h to 100 km/h in the past three years and, where there is no evidence to support improved road safety outcomes, immediately change the speed limit back;

(iii) commit funding to upgrade regional council and arterial roads currently posted at 110 km/h rather than further reduce speed limits; and (iv) prioritise regional road maintenance when addressing the $400 million on road maintenance backlog.

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Appropriation Bill

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 16:48 ): I rise to speak to the Appropriation Bill. Obviously, on this side of the house, we support the passing of the Appropriation Bill, but that does not mean we are happy with everything that is happening in the budget. When we look at what has happened over 12 years of Labor, we have seen deficits and budget blowouts, but what we have also seen, and what Labor does not tell us, are the GST payments that the Labor government in this state received for many years—$500 million a year—which was not budgeted for, but then was blown. It just blew into debt.

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Criminal Assets Confiscation (Prescribed Drug Offenders) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 16:40 :18 ): I rise to speak to the Criminal Assets Confiscation (Prescribed Drug Offenders) Amendment Bill 2014. In giving some background, I quote from the Labor Party's policy from 2010 in regard to its Serious Crime election policy which stated:

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Travel Agents Repeal Bill

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 16:14 :56 ): I advise the house that I will not be the lead speaker on this bill.

Dr McFetridge interjecting:

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Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Firefighters) Amendment Bill

Mr PEDERICK ( Hammond ) ( 10:49 :18 ): I rise today to speak to the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation (Firefighters) Amendment Bill. I think this is a very important bill. It is about seeking equity for Country Fire Service volunteers, and I know there are members of the Country Fire Service on this side of the house as well as the other side.

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